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Discovering #urbanana!

Discover the urban jungle of western Germany

A little-known, unconventional but well-formed metropolis of 10 million stretches from the Rhineland to the Ruhr Area. Multi-faceted, eccentric, creative: we are forming a banana-shaped republic with hazy boundaries and so invite the pioneers free spirited to come join us.

Raw concrete and daisy chains, city activists and locals brimming with ideas, great festivals and small galleries, incompleteness and abundant good taste - #urbanana celebrates undiscovered spaces for expeditions free of hype. #urbanana is the forerunner of the renaissance of the western Germany. #urbanana is megalomanic and completely modest.

We home in on curiosity and zoom from Cologne, Düsseldorf and the Ruhr beyond the neighbours and into the streets and backyards until we, urban wanders, are knocking courageously at the doors of the movers and shakers, collectors and hunters, sisters in spirit and perhaps even friends.

Werhahn-Linie in Düsseldorf, © Jan Dimog / The Link

Designing #urbanana

JuicyBeats Festival, © H&H Photographics

Celebrating #urbanana

Luftaufnahme vom Tetraeder auf einer Halde in Bottrop., © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

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• Severins bridge • Gerd Lohmer (architect), Fritz Leonhardt (engineer), completed: 1959 • This cable-stayed steel bridge with a length of 691 m connects the Rheinauhafen with the district of…


• Kranhäuser • BRT und A. Linster, 2010 • In the third and final part of our series about the harbours on the Rhine, we discuss Cologne's special relationship to the water via link in our…


• Rheinauhafen • A tour of the Rheinauhafen, the Deutzer Hafen and the new Rheinboulevard, see link in our bio. • Dritter und letzter Teil über die umgebauten Häfen von Duisburg, Köln und Düsseldorf,…


• Living Bridge • sop architekten (slapa oberholz pszczulny), 2005 • The bridge at the Medienhafen Dusseldorf with the pavilion, restaurant and terrace is also called The Living Bridge. Check out our…


• Kai Studios • David Chipperfield, 1997 • Two interlocking forms: an in-situ rectangular concrete mass placed vertically alongside and over a black steel frame. More in our story about the…


• Neuer Zollhof • Frank O. Gehry & Associates, 1999 • It started with Gehry's spectacular building in the Medienhafen of Düsseldorf, more soon here and on our website • Glanzwelle am Medienhafen…